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This post is about peer support providers' likelihood of leaving their jobs.
If you are new to this blog, please read this post about preliminary results before continuing. Thank you!
Workers' intent to leave, or "turnover intention" is of interest to many stakeholders in this research. Since it is often linked with job satisfaction, peer support providers, when considering their prospects, may be interested to know how many other peer providers plan to stay with their jobs. Organizations are certainly interested in their workers' intent to leave. Unexpected employee turnover can be resource-intensive so organizations are usually motivated to reduce it as much as possible.
Survey respondents were asked four questions related to intent to leave their jobs, and these are described below.
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Considering a new job...
First, respondents were asked a simple yes or no question: Have you considered finding a new job in the past 6 months?
Wow - as you can see in this pie chart, it's nearly a 50/50 split.
Considering leaving the field...
Next up was another simple yes or no question: Have you considered leaving the field of peer support in the past 6 months?
This chart shows that most respondents (71%) are not considering leaving the field.
Wishing to leave job...
When asked if they wish to leave their current job as a peer support worker, respondents selected from four answer choices: 1. Definitely wish to leave, 2. probably wish to leave, 3. probably do not wish to leave, or 4. definitely do not wish to leave. These options were available in case respondents were uncertain about whether or not they wished to leave their current peer support job.
In this bar chart, the number of people who selected each answer choice is displayed at the top of each column. As seen here, the majority of peer support workers in this study definitely do not wish to leave their jobs. When we combine the people who answered that they "probably" or "definitely" did not wish to leave, they make up 79% of the sample. 21% indicated that they "probably" or "definitely" do wish to leave their jobs.
Likelihood of staying...
As with the previous question, when asked if they were likely to have the same peer support job in a year, respondents selected from four answer choices: 1. Definitely will, 2. probably will, 3. probably won't, or 4. definitely won't have the same job.
The majority of peer support workers in this study believe they will probably have the same job in a year. When we combine the people who answered that they "probably" or "definitely" will have the same job, they make up 85% of the sample. 15% indicated that they "probably" or "definitely" will not have the same peer support job a year from now.
Conclusions & considerations
These basic questions about turnover intention reveal that the majority of respondents wish to stay in the peer support field and in their positions, and believe that they will have the same job in a year. However, it's almost a coin toss to determine who has considered leaving their positions in the last six months. I wonder why this might be--what do you think? (Send me an e-mail!)
As with all the summary statistics featured in this blog, the findings here do not help us understand the many reasons why peer support providers might stay in or leave their jobs. Even though the majority of respondents indicated less of an intention to leave, there were enough people with the opposite experience to justify further investigation.
Though this particular study can't make conclusions about cause and effect, future analyses will look into factors that may be related to the intent to leave, such as pay, satisfaction, and/or organizational support. This study is centered on work-related stress experiences, so of course stress will be featured as well. Any relationships found between these factors and turnover intent will certainly be worthy of an in-depth study.
Thanks for reading!
Hi, I'm Stephania! I investigate job-related stress in peer support providers, and write about my work here.